[PHILLIPPS, THOMAS. 1792-1872.]
6 manuscript reports concerning riots in Rome, including: [CONTI, ANTONIO, attrib.] Relazione de i tumulti accaduti in Roma l'anno 1736, loro origini e sequele. Manuscripts on paper, in 6 hands. Mostly 4to. 59 pp. Traces of binding, some dampstaining.
Provenance: Frederick North, 5th Earl of Guilford [1766-1827]; library of Sir Thomas Phillipps (ex Ms. 7544); with H.P. Kraus.
Accounts of the anti-Spanish riots in Rome in the spring of 1736, from the Phillipps papers. "His collection of over 60,000 manuscripts was an outstanding achievement in the annals of bibliophily" (ODNB), and such was the scale that over 100 years passed after his death until the last tranche of the papers were finally sold, in 1977, to H.P. Kraus.
In 1733 the Treaty of the Escorial, signed by Spain, France and Savoy, ceded Naples and Sicily to Spain. The victorious Spanish troops, returning through the Papal States, drove the citizens to rioting. The present manuscripts request that official complaints be made to Philip V.